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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Fashion fit for the future – five strategies for speed 21 October 2016

The apparel industry has to get faster if it is to remain competitive – and relevant ­– in a rapidly changing environment, according to Ed Gribbin, president at size and fit specialist Alvanon. Speaking at last week's 'Fashion Fit For The Future' event, he set out some strategies and tactics for speed.

All of the ETP sludge produced in the MAS Fabric Park is now turned into bricks, tiles and grillsMAS Holdings shares commitment to sustainability 19 October 2016

Sri Lankan apparel and fabrics conglomerate MAS Holdings has shared with just-style a number of recent steps that have been taken across the business as part of its growing commitment to sustainability. 

The new closed-loop Tencel fibre is made from cotton scraps that would have otherwise been discardedPatagonia buys into Tencel made from cotton scraps 19 October 2016

Lenzing’s new closed-loop Tencel fibre based on waste cotton fabrics is to be used by outdoor clothing brand and retailer Patagonia, with the first products set to launch next spring.

The Indian government has given the go-ahead to fixed-term employment in the country's apparel manufacturing sectorIndia approves fixed-term employment reforms 18 October 2016

The Indian government has approved a policy announced earlier this year that allows fixed-term employment in the country’s apparel manufacturing sector.

Destination Africa event taps into sourcing opportunities 18 October 2016

Another trade show highlighting the potential benefits of Africa as a sourcing destination for apparel and textiles is taking place in November.

UK clothing retailers could find it hard to pass on post-Brexit cost increasesBrexit seen adding to UK clothing retailers' woes 17 October 2016

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) will weigh more heavily on UK clothing retailers than their European counterparts, new research suggests, as they could find it hard to pass on cost increases resulting from the post-Brexit fall in the pound.

Hundreds of workers joined in the procession organised by the National Garment Workers FederationBangladesh garment workers rally for higher wages 17 October 2016

Bangladesh’s National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) has kicked off a new campaign calling for higher wages for the country’s garment workers.

Clothing and cotton still on child labour list 14 October 2016

The latest annual update on the efforts of 137 countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labour notes that 21 countries still use children in cotton and garment production.

In 2006 the EU imposed an anti-dumping duty on leather footwear made in China and VietnamEU re-imposes anti-dumping duties on some shoes 14 October 2016

The European Commission (EC) has re-imposed anti-dumping duty on leather footwear from three suppliers in China and Vietnam.

Last year Myanmar agreed its first-ever minimum wage for garment workersMyanmar labour rights initiative praises progress 13 October 2016

Stakeholders working to improve workers’ rights in Myanmar have praised ongoing progress on labour reforms in the country, and set out their future goals.

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